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Exploring the Creative Potential of Computational Construction Grammar

  • Paul Van Eecke EMAIL logo and Katrien Beuls


Computational construction grammar aims to provide concrete processing models that operationalise construction grammar accounts of the different aspects of language. This paper discusses the computational mechanisms that allow construction grammar models to exhibit, to a certain extent, the creativity and inventiveness that is observed in human language use. It addresses two main types of language-related creativity. The first type concerns the ‘free combination of constructions,’ which gives rise to the open-endedness of language. The second type concerns the ‘appropriate violation of usual constraints’ that permits language users to go beyond what is possible when adhering to the usual constraints of the language, and be truly creative by relaxing these constraints and by introducing novel constructions. All mechanisms and examples discussed in this paper are fully operationalised and implemented in Fluid Construction Grammar.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732942. The authors would like to thank Thomas Hoffmann for the organization of an inspiring summer workshop on construction grammar and creativity, as well as all researchers who participated in this workshop.

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Published Online: 2018-09-04
Published in Print: 2018-09-25

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